They had been providing a soundtrack to college makeout sessions across the pond quite happily before Natalie Portman raved about them in the film ‘Garden State’ two years ago and thrust The Shins into the limelight. Since then, the Albuquerque folksters have got even better.

Wincing the Night Away is an infectious collection of dreamy, light-hearted pop songs that make you feel as though you’re floating on a cloud though a world made out of marshmallows. Or that’s how it made me feel anyway.

Matthew Freemantle and Robert McKay